Install Yandex Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

Learn the steps to install Yandex Browser on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa using the command terminal to start surfing the internet. 

“Yandex Browser” is a free fast and visually appealing alternative to Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. Users who want to switch to Yandex can easily import data such as bookmarks and the settings from other popular browsers in just a few steps.

Well, this Russian Search engine company’s browser is based on Chromium and Opera elements, therefore we can use all addons that are compatible with Google Chrome and Opera.

For security, the browser offers Kaspersky’s integrated virus protection; tracking protection, phishing protection, blocking third-party cookies, and preventing unsolicited access to webcams, microphones, or USB devices.

Steps to install Yandex browser on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

1. Update Ubuntu 20.04

We are about to use Ubuntu’s APT package manager to install the browser. Hence, it is wise to run the system update command for installation, if any update is available.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


2. Add Yandex repository on Linux

Unlike Firefox, the packages to install the Yandex browser are not available to install using the default system repository of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux. Hence, we must add the one made available by the browser’s developers for Debian systems. Here is the command to do that.

Only add one of the given repositories. Those who want a stable version of the browser can go for the Stable repo whereas those who want to test out the upcoming features of the Yandex browser can use the Beta repository.

For Stable version

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg] beta main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-beta.list

For Beta version

echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg] beta main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-beta.list


3. Integrate the Public Key

Now, the system needs a key to check the packages we are about to receive using the added repository of Yandex. This ensures the system packages are in the same state as they were released by their developers and have not been modified by someone.

curl -fsSL | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg > /dev/null

After adding the key and repository, once run the system update command that rebuilds the APT package index cache.

sudo apt update


4. Install the Yandex browser on Ubuntu 20.04

Once you have added the repository we can install the Yandex browser using the system’s default APT package manager. Here are commands to follow.

For stable version:

Those who have used the Stable repository can for the given command to install the browser.

sudo apt install yandex-browser-stable

For the Beta version:

If you have added the beta repository of the browser then to get it to use the given syntax:

sudo apt install yandex-browser-beta


5. Remove the extra Yandex repo

The Yandex browser while installing will also create a repository that we don’t need because we already have configured the one manually. So remove that:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-browser*.list


6. Run the browser

Once the installation is completed, go to Application launcher and there search for the browser. As its icon appears, click to run the same.

Launch Yandex on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

Install Yandex browser on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux


7. How to update or upgrade

Well, whenever there is any update available for the browser, the same will show on it to install. However, the other quick way is to use the system update command. As we have used the APT and Yandex repository to install it, therefore running the system update command will also install if any update is available for the browser.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


8. Uninstall Yandex from Ubuntu 20.04

After using the Yandex browser for some time and now if you think it is not useful then removing the browser is also easy. Just run the given APT package manager command to completely clean it from your system.

Remove the browser app

For Stable version

sudo apt autoremove yandex-browser-stable

For the Beta version:

sudo apt autoremove yandex-browser-beta

To remove repository and GPG key:

For Stable repo

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-stable.list

For beta repo

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yandex-beta.list

To remove the GPG key:

sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/yandex.gpg


Ending note:

Yandex Browser is a real eye-catcher. What Chrome is for Google, the Russian search engine operator Yandex is trying to launch with the Yandex Browser, however, it is not a completely redeveloped one. Instead, the developers have taken Chromium and redesigns the user interface with additional features. Yandex is also on the right track when it comes to equipment. Yet, Yandex is not fully ready to replace Chrome or Firefox in the international market.


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